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Homosexual marriage

Same-sex marriage approved in New York

Homosexual marriage, support 76%

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The Marriage Equality Act passed the Assembly 80-63.

It would grant same-sex couples equal rights to marry "as well as hundreds of rights, benefits and protections that are currently limited to married couples of the opposite sex," according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. "This is an immense step toward achieving true equality for all here in New York," said Democratic Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, who argued that he and his partner should be allowed to marry.

Same-sex marriage is a fundamental human right, said Democratic Assemblyman Richard Gottfried during the debate.

Democratic Assemblyman Micah Kellner also supported the ill, saying, "This is about people's happiness." Republicans defended their opposition, saying it did not mean they were intolerant.



´╗┐By the CNN Wire Staff

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